RALEIGH — The State Board of Education agreed Thursday to consider opening up to 32 new charter schools in 2014.
Out of 70 applicants, the recently-disbanded Public Charter School Advisory Council recommended 26 schools. On Thursday, the State Board voted to also add for consideration six applicants who were interviewed but not recommended for approval by the council.
A September vote is scheduled for the schools, which would open next school year.
The states 129 charter schools receive taxpayer funding but are exempt from some of the regulations that traditional public schools must follow. They are also independent of the school districts in which theyre located.
State legislators approved various changes this year, including lowering the number of certified teachers charter schools must have and creating a new advisory board for charter schools.
The local charter applicants still in the running are Anderson Creek Club Charter in Harnett County, Reaching All Minds Academy in Durham and five in Wake County: Cardinal Charter, Dynamic Community Charter, Envision Science Academy, Wake Forest Academy and Wisdom Academy.
One school being considered is Providence Charter High School in Rockingham County, applied for by Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., the son of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.